Postdoctoral Fellowship in Caste, Race, and Social Exclusion

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Caste, Race, and Social Exclusion

Location: Philadelphia, PA
Open Date: Mar 19, 2021

The Department of South Asia Studies at the University of Pennsylvania invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Caste, Race, and Social Exclusion as part of the Department's two-year initiative on "Caste and Race: Past and Present," which is meant to lay the foundation for a more enduring curricular and faculty engagement with caste and race for South Asia at Penn. The term of this appointment will begin on July 1, 2021 for one year, renewable for one additional year conditional on performance and available funding. The successful candidate will be a scholar who focuses on South Asia or the South Asian diaspora; has completed a PhD in the humanities or social sciences between Jan. 1, 2018 and July 1, 2021 on a topic related to social exclusion; possesses high-level competence and research capability in one or more South Asian languages; and demonstrates exceptional academic promise. Responsibilities will include planning a speaker series and a conference related to the initiative's theme, assisting in the creation of a website for the initiative, and teaching one undergraduate course per year.

We particularly encourage applications from candidates who can contribute to increasing diversity in their fields, as a historically underrepresented person in higher education and/or by pursuing scholarship that contributes to understanding issues of diversity, inclusion, exclusion, or inequity, past or present.

Applications should include a cover letter, CV, transcript (indicating completion of PhD after January 1, 2018), up to two writing samples that illustrate the scholar's commitment to the study of social exclusion, descriptions of two undergraduate courses the candidate would be interested in teaching (approx. 300 words each), and the name and contact information for three recommenders. The University will contact them directly with instructions on how to submit their letters. If the candidate has not yet defended their dissertation, please also include a letter from the dissertation supervisor confirming that the PhD will be completed by July 1, 2021. Consideration of applications will begin on April 26th and continue until the position is filled.

The Department of South Asia Studies is strongly committed to Penn's Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence, and to creating a more diverse and inclusive faculty (for more information: ). The University of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity employer. Minorities/Women/Individuals with disabilities/Protected Veterans are encouraged to apply.

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